While the high school soccer season has yet to be played, Arroyo Grande senior Lauren Stevens continues to train and work for her online business on the side.
"I really enjoy the fashion side of things, like off white, supreme, brands like that," Stevens said.
She makes a profit by buying expensive apparel from various brands then reselling them online. "I learned how to buy the stuff when it drops and resell it more expensive because it sells out so fast. Every Tuesday in first period I would make sure it was okay with my teach and then log on and it sells out in seconds... I resell it to people who want the products but couldn't buy them fast enough."
Stevens doesn't have a lot of time outside of playing soccer and going to school so it's a perfect job for a student-athlete.
The entrepreneurial mind isn't the only inspiring thing about Lauren Stevens. She also has a love for technology, a field she plans to go into following college.
“As a freshman I got a graphing calculator and you could program on it so I started to learn how to do that. I started to fall in love with and I was like I want to do this for the rest of my life… I know that I want to program in college and hopefully get a job in the technology field.”
Although the industry is male-dominated, that doesn't intimidate her one bit.
“I’m excited. I think it’s really cool to be surrounded by guys and be the only girl and show them we can do it too. I think it’s inspiring… I was in AP Computer Science and I was one of three girls, it was definitely a change… As long as you know your stuff it shouldn’t matter what gender you are, as long as you’re keeping up with the boys it’s alright," Stevens added.
She believes that her work ethic and drive came from playing soccer at a competitive level for so long. She is thankful for what the game of soccer has taught her.
“You have to put in the work. You can’t just come to two practices and expect to be good; you have to put work in outside of school and training, running, whatever it may be. I think that has translated into my academics…putting in the extra work is really important, and I think soccer has taught me that.”
Stevens hopes that her team will be able to play this year for her senior season but until that time comes, she continues to resell clothes for her business and work hard in school before going to college.